About the Program

The State of Alaska recognizes the challenges and rewards of living and working with young children with disabilities. We (Alaska’s families, teachers, therapists, medical professionals, and administrators) share the goal of improved development for all children, especially those experiencing disabilities. We also recognize the vital importance of early diagnosis and service delivery.

The Alaska Early Intervention/Infant Learning Program (EI/ILP) assures that early intervention services are available for families with infants and toddlers (birth to age three) with special needs.

Early intervention services are federally governed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). A federal law passed in 1986, IDEA requires states to ensure that young children who may have disabilities or developmental delays receive an evaluation to identify the potential need for early intervention services. In Alaska, EI/ILP is administered by the Department of Health, Office of Children's Services, Early Intervention / Infant Learning Program.

The Alaska EI/ILP partners with grantees around the state to provide services directly to families at a local level. EI/ILP grantees include school districts, mental health associations, Alaskan Native corporations, parent associations, and other nonprofit organizations. Programs vary widely by staff and region size. Service may include: developmental screening and evaluation; individualized family service plans to outline goals for the family and their child; child development information; home visits; physical, occupational or speech therapy; specialized equipment; and/or referrals to other needed services.

Please view the Alaska EI/ILP Directory for contact information.